On Thursday 22 November 17 Y13 Students took part in an engineering STEM event hosted by the Royal Engineers at Brompton Barracks, Chatham, Kent.
The event was part of the Year of Engineering 2018 which is a national campaign to increase awareness and understanding of what engineers do among young people aged 17-24. The Army is keen to Inspire, Attract and Inform young people about the technical and engineering skills utilised on a day-to-day basis across the Army.
300 young people between the ages of 14 – 18 had the opportunity to come and see why STEM skills are so important to a modern Army. Specialist technical teams were on hand to explain, demonstrate and allow students to try various military technical equipment. Lots of hands-on time and the chance to see some of the latest military equipment in action.
The activities included: model bridge building challenge, have a go at Army building trades, climbing into a full size tank and the chance to use specialist military equipment.
UTC students were constantly praised for how well they interacted with the activity providers and asking and answering high level technical questions. On several occasions they were told that they had been the best group at the event so far. (We were on the last day!)
In the Bridge building activities students were told that they had never seen a group with such good team working skills in all the years that they had run the event.
It was a great day for students who really enjoyed the activities. Some of whom said that they seriously are considering a career in the Army.